Category Archives: Carnegie

Carnegie: oceans, asteroids, diamonds, dinosaurs

Lots of great (free) events coming up at Carnegie:

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Drs. Peter and Rosemary Grant – 40 years of Evolution of Darwin’s Finches

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Charles Darwin said evolution was too slow to be observed, but modern studies have corrected this assertion. The Grants will discuss their decades of work studying Darwin’s finches on the Galápagos Island of Daphne Major, as chronicled in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time. Their research showed that Darwin’s finches evolve repeatedly when the environment changes. They have even observed the initial stages of new species formation!

Drs. Peter and Rosemary Grant, Professors emeriti, Princeton University

The Capital Science Evenings are made possible with support from Margaret & Will Hearst and Whole Earth Films.

Carnegie science: Dr. Diana Roman – When the Volcano Stirs

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 –

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Volcanic eruptions pose an increasing threat to human lives and infrastructure in today’s rapidly globalizing world, leading to a need for more-sensitive and accurate tools for detecting and interpreting signs of volcanic unrest. Fortunately, most volcanoes give subtle indications of their future eruptive potential that can be detected using state-of-the-art seismic instrumentation. Dr. Roman will explore the recent development of several new paradigms for eruption forecasting and their implications for our understanding of how volcanoes work.

Dr. Diana Roman, Staff Scientist, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Science

The Capital Science Evenings are made possible in part by the generous support of Margaret and Will Hearst.

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Carnegie panel discussion: Blocking the sun

Carnegie Institution: “Blocking the Sun: Will Solar Geoengineering Research Increase or Decrease the Risk of Climate Change?”

 Dr. Chris Field
Director, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science
Dr. Ken Caldeira
Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science
Dr. James R. Fleming
Director, Science, Technology, and Society Department, Colby College
Dr. Michael MacCracken
Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs, Climate Institute
Dr. Lynn M. Russell
University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:45pm


Blocking the Sun: Will Solar Geoengineering Research Increase or Decrease the Risk of Climate Change?

Large volcanic eruptions suggest that the Earth could be cooled quickly with relatively small amounts of fine particles placed in the stratosphere to deflect sunlight. Some argue that such geoengineering research is needed to understand whether the risks of climate change can be reduced in this way. Others claim that this research might suggest an easy fix to the climate problem, thereby encouraging increased greenhouse gas emissions and threatening possible harmful impacts.

Dr. Chris Field will moderate this panel of leaders in the field, who will discuss the potential benefits, risks, and challenges of geoengineering.

Capital Science Evenings are hosted at the Carnegie Institution, located at 1530 P Street, NW (corner of 16th and P Street), in one of the most beautiful, intimate lecture halls in Washington, D.C. Registration is recommended. All events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required and seating is on a first-come, first served basis.

Two evening lectures at Carnegie that may be of interest

Two events that may be of interest to DC Geology Events subscribers, both from the Carnegie’s “Capital Science Lectures” series:

Astrobiology, Exoplanets, and the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth

10/26/2011 – 6:45pm

A presentation by author and Washington Post science writer Marc Kaufman, followed by a discussion with Carnegie planet-hunter Paul Butler.

Recent discoveries have convinced many astronomers that our galaxy is home to billions of exoplanets and that other galaxies have hundreds of billions more. The search is now on for distant planets in “habitable zones,” where water is sometimes liquid and the possibilities for life are greatest. With a scientific consensus forming that these potentially life-sustaining planets also number in the billions, the logic for the existence of extraterrestrial life grows stronger all the time.

The Universe from Beginning to End

02/29/2012 – 6:45pm

Dr. Brian Schmidt
The Australian National University
The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Mount Stromlo Observatory

In 1998 two teams traced back the expansion of the Cosmos over billions of years and discovered that the Universe was accelerating, a startling discovery that indicated more than 70% of the Cosmos was some previously undetected form of matter, known as Dark Energy. Brian Schmidt, leader of the High-Redshift Supernova Search Team, will describe this discovery and explain how astronomers have used observations to trace our Universe’s history back more than 13 billion years, leading them to ponder the ultimate fate of the Cosmos.

From Earth to Stars…and Planetary Extremes

Raymond Jeanloz
University of California, Berkeley,
Department of Astronomy and
Earth & Planetary Science

Diamonds and lasers are used to re-create the extreme conditions present when planets are born – conditions that remain, billions of years later, deep inside giant and super-giant planets. These experiments reveal new information not only about chemical bonding between atoms, but also about how planets form and create opportunities for life to start, perhaps many times over.

Thursday | April 29, 2010 | 6:45 PM — TODAY

At the Carnegie Administrative Building, 1530 P Street, NW in Washington, DC

Carnegie: Hauri on Moon Water

Hauri to Deliver Carnegie Evening Lecture

Erik Hauri will be delivering this year’s Carnegie Evening Lecture on 5 May (next Wednesday). His talk, entited “Water in the Moon’s Interior: Truth and Consequences,” will discuss ion microprobe measurements of volcanic glass from the Moon that have revealed, for the first time, the presence of water in magmas erupted from the lunar interior billions of years ago. As the Moon has somehow retained water after its birth from giant impact, Hauri writes in his abstract, “…the consequences for the formation of the Earth-Moon system are convincing and compelling.” Hauri and colleagues first presented research on this topic in the July 2008 issue of Nature. For the original DTM news story, click here.

The Carnegie Evening Lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Administration Building (1530 P St. NW in DC), with a reception to follow.